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Texas MBA Women's Forum

November 21st, 2015

Future women MBAs are strongly encouraged to attend this exclusive event showcasing all that the Texas MBA program has to offer. Whether you are looking to advance your current career or make a career change, discover how the Texas MBA program can unlock your potential and help you develop as a business leader.

  • Hear an in-depth overview of the Texas MBA program
  • Interact with our diverse community of students, alumni, and faculty
  • Understand the value proposition of the Texas MBA 
  • Experience what makes Austin so special: good food, fabulous music, and more!

Participants will have the opportunity to network with current female students and alumni, and meet McCombs faculty and staff. You will also attend info sessions about program curriculum, career planning, student community, experiential learning, and life in Austin, Texas.

Due to space constraints, participation is by application only. If invited to the attend the 2015 Texas MBA Women's Forum, prospective student attendees applying for fall 2016 in any round will automatically be invited to interview. Additionally, attendees applying in application rounds 2 or 3 will be eligible for an application fee waiver. Apply now to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you!

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2015 Women's Forum Agenda

Friday, November 20, 2015 (Optional Day)

Time Session Location
All Day
Free Day in Austin
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3:00 p.m. Hotel Check-In (AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center) 1900 University Ave.
Austin, TX
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - Welcome Reception
Eric Hirst, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Women's Forum Event Co-Chairs
Tejas Dining Room
AT&T Conference Center
9:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - Night on West Sixth Street with Current MBA Students
Not a UT-Sponsored Event

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time Session Location
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Event Check-in Legacy Events Room, McCombs School of Business
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions
Women's Forum Event Co-Chairs
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Exploring the Opportunities at Texas
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Student Affairs, Curriculum, Financial Aid & Study Abroad
Jolene Ashcraft, Director of Student Affairs | Texas MBA Full-time Program
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Break
Light Snacks Available
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.  MBA+, Global Connections, McCombs Adventure Program (MAPS)
Tommy Ward, Global Connections Coordinator
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
11:20 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. TVL Scholarship Information
Venture Partner/Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
Legacy Events Room,
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Student Life Panel
Current MBA Students
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Student Mentors CBA Events Room, McCombs
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Faculty Presentation
Active Learning Classroom, McCombs
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Group Tours

McCombs School
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Career Management
Stacey Rudnick, Director of MBA Career Management
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Break
Light Snacks Available
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
4:00  p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Alumni & Sponsor Panel
Texas MBA Alumni & Sponsors
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Forum Wrap-Up & Walk to AT&T for Optional Reception Legacy Events Room, McCombs
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  OPTIONAL - Networking Reception
Current MBA students, alumni, staff, and faculty 
AT&T Center 

2015 Texas MBA Women's Forum Student Hosts

Texas MBA Student Lilly YehElaine Yeh, MBA '16

Elaine Yeh is originally from the Philadelphia area, but most recently lived in Chicago prior to McCombs. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Food Industry Management, she worked as a consultant for Accenture in their technology practice. Following her passion for food, she interned with a startup on developing a new quinoa-based snack product. Elaine is currently a second year at McCombs and is concentrating in Marketing Analytics, and is a member of the McCombs Ambassador Committee, Graduate Women in Business, Graduate Marketing Network, and Graduate Wine Club. This is now her third year of involvement in the Women’s Forum, and she is excited to showcase what McCombs has to offer!

Texas MBA Student Lilly Yeh

Rachel Braunstein, MBA '16

Rachel Braunstein was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and graduated with a B.B.A in Marketing and International Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She lived in both Chicago and New York City while working for the marketing and advertising agency, Walton Isaacson.  As an  Account Manager, she worked on several multicultural initiatives and a variety of CPG brands including AXE and Suave to develop creative and executional strategies.  Aspiring to work in brand and product management, she fell in love with McCombs’ culture and strengths in marketing, and successfully completed an internship with Microsoft this past summer. Rachel knows how valuable her MBA has already been, and is excited to inspire and support more women to apply for their Texas MBA. 

Travel & Logistics

If you are selected to attend the Texas MBA Women’s Forum, below you'll find some helpful information for planning your trip to Austin. Be on the look-out for more details coming soon.

Official Start & End of the Event

The official event starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The event officially closes at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015. All other events outside this time frame are optional.

Optional Monday

If you register for a class visit on Monday, November 23, please arrive 15 minutes early to register and meet your Class Visit student host in the Big Bend Conference Room in the MBA Program Office at the McCombs School of Business prior to going to your class.


Here is a Google Map with Texas MBA Women’s Forum event location information for your reference.

Hotel Accommodations

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center Hotel
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

The hotel is located directly on campus and is about a five-minute walk from the McCombs School of Business, where the Women's Forum events will be held. More information about the hotel can be found at

The MBA program is pleased to cover the cost of your stay on Friday night. You will check in on Friday, November 20 and check out on Saturday, November 21. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:00 a.m. Should you choose to check out on Saturday, please feel free to bring your luggage to the business school where we'll gladly store it for you throughout the day. You will be paired with a roommate also attending the Women’s Forum. All incidentals are the responsibility of the guest. If you would like to stay at the AT&T Center on the nights of Thursday, November 19, or Saturday, November 21, a block of rooms has been reserved under the name “Texas MBA Women’s Forum.” You must indicate this on your event registration form.


The University of Texas campus is located approximately 12 miles (20-30 minutes) from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Taxis are readily available at the airport and will cost about $25 to get from the airport to the UT Austin campus. Taxis are also available at the AT&T Center for transportation back to the airport. Travel and transportation expenses are not covered.



Catch a cab on campus:  AT&T Hotel, 1900 University Ave.


There will be no off-campus events during this Women’s Forum, however, if you prefer to have your own mode of transportation during your stay in Austin, here is a list of  rental car companies at the Austin airport. Please note that the cost of parking is not covered at the AT&T Center and is the responsibility of the guest.


If you drive to campus and are staying at the AT&T Center, we recommend parking in the AT&T Conference Center Garage, which is located directly underneath the hotel. Overnight guests of the hotel may obtain a parking card at the front desk for garage parking at $14 per night. Valet parking is $14 per visit or $21 overnight, plus tax.

If you're driving to campus but not staying at the AT&T Center, you can also park in the Brazos Garage, which is located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Brazos. Day parking (3-16 hours) at Brazos Garage costs $12. Overnight parking is $18. 


If you can no longer attend the Women’s Forum, please email and let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another applicant.

Dress Recommendation

Forum session dress is business casual attire. Evening and social events are Austin casual! Austin weather can be unpredictable in the fall, but around mid-November is light jacket weather.


Julia Campbell - Associate Director of MBA Admissions,
Amanda Villarreal - Texas MBA Admissions Programs & Events Coordinator,

General Inquiries: 

Page last updated: 9/25/2015